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    Quote Originally Posted by hrmsk8ngnutt View Post
    Actually, it was Karen Kwan who used Close Without Touching in 1996: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ0xJoshfkw

    I was struck in the similarity in costume color. Here is Christina's SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k258izqOONU
    Thanks for posting those links. I knew right away that Michelle did not skate to "Close Without Touching" for either a sp or a lp and especially not in 1996 since I remember most of her program titles by heart. She skated to Romanza (sp) and Salome (lp) for 1995-1996 season.

    I had completely forgotten that Karen Kwan skated to Close Without Touching in 1996, although the music sounded familiar. I did recall that Karen skated two lovely programs at U.S. Nats in 1996, placing 5th overall. Again thanks for the links.

    After seeing both outfits/ programs, it seems to me that Karen's lovely skate as well as her costume were inspirations for Christina's program and costume. They also both have similar lines (long legs, and long expressive arms).

    Re overuse of Carmen music, ITA. There are so many more interesting choices. It seems as if skaters/ coaches/ choreographers either don't know enough about music or they just tend to rely too much on the familiar and proven when it comes to music for skating.


    ETA:

    I do enjoy V/M's unique interpretation which I agree goes beyond skin deep. Still too much Carmen has been used in figure skating.
    Last edited by Art&Sport; 11-02-2012 at 04:09 AM.

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